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Why Can't the World's Best Military Win Its Wars?


#1

Why Can't the World's Best Military Win Its Wars?

Arnold R. Isaacs

"This time, they think they have it right."

So declared an Associated Press story reporting an upbeat assessment by this country's top military officer at the end of a five-day visit to Afghanistan earlier this spring. Marine General Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was heading home from the war zone, the AP reporter wrote, "with a palpable sense of optimism" about the U.S.-supported war against Taliban and Islamic State fighters there.


#2

Because the MIC’s Doxology’s last phrase is:

:musical_note:“War without end, a-a-men, a-a-men.”:musical_note:


#3

Why can’t the world’s best military win its wars?

First of all, define win. Not the stated objectives, when the military and and Congress even bother to provide them to the public. Those are propaganda bytes to justify the wars.

The cruel fact is that when the bullets stop flying and the bombs stop falling, profits and careers begin to vanish. War, thanks to Bush and Obama and continuing with Trump is now so institutionalized that it’s now, functionally, the same as any other government agency - use your budget or lose it and do whatever it takes to justify your existence, in this case, even if it means creating more wars to fight. Corruption begins at home. Compared to the Pentagon and Congress, the corruption in places like Afghanistan is penny ante.


#4

The irony is that in the end the only thing we will be destroying is ourselves. We bury ourselves in debt, allowing the war machine to siphon every last dollar from those things that once made us great. In the end we will have this gigantic military and a country laid waste in poverty and desperation. Way to go MIC.


#5

In anything resembling a conventional war the US can win quickly. It won the First Gulf War within a week. It drove the Taliban out of Afghanistan using mainly fighters of warlords for troops with a few weeks, and it toppled Saddam within a few weeks. But in Afghanistan and Iraq the really difficult part came next when the conventional war was over and the US failed to establish stability in both instances.


#6

The US failure to establish stability in Afghanistan and Iraq actually happened in 1990 after the Soviets left the former, and the Iraq/Iran war ended. A relatively small amount of “foreign aid” during that era would have prevented 9-11 and gone a long way toward keeping things settled in the region.

The reason it didn’t happen that way is that there was no money in it for the military industrial media infotainment complex (MIMIC) that continues to expand its eternal revenue stream courtesy of the eternal occupations and wars that have highlighted the 21st century to date.


#7

Without doubt the US has the world’s most expensive military, but its serial failures to achieve any of its stated goals indicate that it’s something less than “the best.”


#8

Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?
Because there is not enough profit in winning a war. It needs to go on endlessly to ensure endless profits. Someday that will all come to an end when the US finally bankrupts itself once and for all. Unless the corporate owners step up and start spending their own money to keep the wars going.


#9

This author is so steeped in the mind of a militant that he apparently doesn’t question the legitimacy of any war to begin with, nor the larger truth that all of these “lost battles” are indeed one big ongoing victory for the US Empire and it’s many many parasitical profiteers.

And also, this never questioning 9/11 that opened the gates of hell in the first place gets old, nearly 17 years worth. And so does the label of tinfoil hat nuttery (although there is most definitely that) for asking questions based on logical analysis. Mass surveillance, militarized police force with hardened soldiers of post 9/11 wars of Empire, trillions and trillions of USD spent and piled on the debt that will for decades be turned against US citizens as a basis for ongoing"austerity", and first not last, the vast slaughter of innocents predicated upon a conspiracy theory that doesn’t hold up to the slightest scrutiny.

And these war pigs are just getting started.


#10

Quack quack quack.


#11

The US’s proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan included allying with Saudi Arabia to spread Wahhabism to the mujahideen in Afghanistan, which ultimately laid the foundation for the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Good ole Jimmy Carter knows a lot about this.

In Iraq, the US had installed Saddam in the first place, and actively supported his regime in the war against Iran, including supplying chemical weapons and assistance in deployment of those weapons against Iranians.

As for 9/11. Question.

Your overall point about the MIC and its pursuit of the end of never ending wars is correct.


#12

Because it’s not the world’s “best” military. It is simply the most expensive and most powerful, but since the end of WW2 has “won” nothing except the invasions of places like Grenada and Panama. In the meantime, it has slaughtered more human beings and polluted the biosphere more than any organization in human history.


#13

Before his death in 1999, Col. Summers liked to tell about a meeting he had with a North Vietnamese colonel named Tu while he was with a delegation visiting Hanoi in 1975. At one point, Summers told Tu, “You know, you never defeated us on the battlefield.” Tu paused for a moment, then replied, “That may be so. But it is also irrelevant.”


#14

Really? The question in the header is so damn dumb and the answer is so phucking obvious; because the Bank$ters and the MIC wouldn’t make any money!!!


#15

Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?

Easy, there ain’t no money to be had in winning.


#16

CI asked a former US colonel, a very knowledgeable guy who became an academic after the Vietnam war, as to why the US lost. “It’s their country,” he said simply.

Ho Chi-Minth implied much the same thing when he said the Vietnamese would fight till the last man. With such a mentality, in a mountainous country and the backing of Its neighbor China as well as the Soviet Union, they could fight forever. The US couldn’t fight on without eventually going bankrupt, even if the war protestors were to be silent. As it was, the bad situation became worse when the American middle class started opposing the war. Sun Tzu’s full quote includes knowing oneself and knowing others. The US not only didn’t know the enemy: it didn’t know itself too.


#17

An interesting article to be sure, but definitely biased against the people and militaries being trained and supported by Americans, yet Americans themselves may be even more corrupt than their opposites in other armies. I am thinking of the $2.3 trillion that is missing and unaccountable from the Pentagon (you know, what Rumsfeld told the World about on 9/10). If such huge amounts of money have been irretrievably lost in the military system, than that system is beyond corrupt!


#18

USA USA USA… SPLAT. If they kill millions over there, they’ll kill millions right here at home. The American people are not fighting back at their growing enslavement. My mother bought a new 3 bedroom house in 1956 for under $10,000 with a mortgage payment of $34 a month.


#19

Because they are not wars; they are military occupations, resisted by guerilla tactics. The Brits learned about them in 1776 at the hands of the Bennington, Vermont sharp shooters.


#20

If war is profitized and forced to abide by the “rules” of perpetual growth… that is, if someone must make money in this hyper capitalized system in order to undertake anything of worth (or that is considered to be worthwhile through the capitalist lens)… then there is absolutely no reason to win a war, all that remains is incentive to continue to make war.

The only solution? War’s costs must be measured to be greater than its capitalized profit margins. It is unlikely that anyone who cannot see that there are aspects of a civilized society are best left in the costs rather than the profits columns would recognize the perversity and self destruction inevitable in making war a growth enterprise.